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Napolean's End

• arclein

The regular 'US Army' by the start of 1815 comprised 36.000 men: the size of a decently sized corps by European standards. As a whole, neither its training, nor its commanders measured up to Prussian, French, or British standards. Their experience was limited to semi-regular warfare against native tribes and three years' conflict against the second-line British units in Canada. While state militias existed in far greater numbers, their use was even more limited. They simply could not be deployed outside the United States: many states did not even permit their militias being deployed outside the state they belonged. Even if they could be, those were troops with low morale, insufficient equipment, and completely lackluster training that any European army would blow to the winds like a pile of dry leaves.